Midnight Chapter One (20+page pdf)

by Alia Thabit

Here's the Introduction

Belly dance.

A magical phrase, it conjures images of sultry harem girls, exotic perfume, tinkling finger cymbals, and undulating hips. People are so drawn to this imagery one can rarely find mention of the dance that doesn't evoke it.

But as we delve more deeply into the dance, we find so much more than this.
Why do millions of people love this beautiful, sensual dance?

What secret does belly dance carry, deep in its ancient heart?

This book makes the case for Oriental dance not only as an ancient, beautiful art form but also one that is soul and spirit-healing, a legitimate mind-body practice that equals (and in some ways may surpass), yoga, tai-chi, sitting meditation, etc., in its effectiveness and power.


Sparkly little belly dance has immense power. People are drawn to it because they sense this, though they may not know how to access it. When they come to a class, they are often taught a sterilized version--stylized, choreographed, counted, body-control to recorded music. This is not the dance they were looking for. But it’s all they can find, all that’s available, so okay.

It is not okay with me. I am here to change this view. I am here to shine a light on the magic and mystery of our dance. There is a more to this dance than meets the eye, and those less-visible elements are its most vital and rewarding--for the dancers, their guests, and the world.

This book is a love letter to the dance that has nourished me for forty years. It is a manifesto, the conclusions to which I have come over four decades of devotion to this dance. It is for those who want something deep and real. It is given as a beacon of light welcoming dancers home to the soul of their beloved dance.

We are drawn to this dance because we feel something from it, something deep and soul healing. It is real. It is there. The dance waits for you, a hidden seed, trembling with life, ready to blossom in your heart and soul. It is beautiful, loving, and free--and so are you.

I invite you to step into the light...


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